Botany and Ecology
Botany and Ecology

Botany and Ecology

Our current selection of Botany and Ecology classes and workshops for adults for this season at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.


Butterflies, Caterpillars and the Plants That Feed Them

with Andy Brand
Friday, August 11
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

There are over 110 species of butterflies that call Maine home. Butterflies not only add color and grace to our gardens, they are also valuable pollinators of many plant species. Join Andy and learn which plants will attract butterflies to your yards along with the host plants on which eggs are laid and caterpillars eat. All things butterflies will be discussed from their remarkable lifecycle as well as how to identify some of the commonly encountered species. Following a slide presentation Andy will lead participants on a leisurely walk through the Garden and highlight plants valuable to butterflies and identify any species flying about.

This class is an elective of our Certificate in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture program, but it is open to everyone.


Birds and Botany of Hog Island

with Bill Cullina, Melissa Cullina, and Steve Kress
Thursday – Sunday, August 24-27
Meet between 2 - 4 p.m. in Bremen Prices include all meals, lodging and transportation to Hog Island

Join National Audubon’s Steve Kress and CMBG's Melissa and Bill Cullina for a special workshop featuring the botany and birds of Audubon’s magnificent Hog Island. The cool headwaters of Muscongus Bay and more than 100 years of protection have favored the growth of one of Maine’s most pristine spruce-fir forests. On this 300 acre sanctuary, you will find a dense moss ground cover and towering conifers interspersed by sphagnum bogs, meadows of hay-scented ferns and a rocky shoreline interspersed by sand beaches. The program includes practical methods for improving backyard gardens for birds using native plants, forest ecology and botany walks through the Hog Island forest, and a seabird cruise to Eastern Egg Rock.
Participants will meet at the mainland portion of the Audubon's Hog Island Camp. An email will be sent with further information. This class counts towards elective credits for our Certificate in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture program, but it is open to everyone..


Flora of Indiantown Island

with Melissa Cullina
Wednesday, September 6
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Registered through and co-sponsored by Boothbay Region Land Trust

Explore and “botanize” along the trails and shorelines of Indiantown Island on this excursion with CMBG botanist Melissa Cullina. Melissa will teach you about the plants adapted to life on the island, and will describe how understanding the island’s flora contributes to CMBG’s new collaborative project to document the flora of the Mid-coast region. Please bring a life jacket, hat, and hand lens (if you have one – we will have extras) and pack a lunch. Meet at the Knickerkane Island boat launch on Barter’s Island Road. Boat transportation to island provided by BRLT. Please contact the Boothbay Region Land Trust to register.